[caption id="attachment_2509740" align="alignnone" width="759"] PM Narendra Modi (C) poses for a photo with Google executives Larry Page, CEO Sundar Pichai, Eric Schmidt, and early investor Ram Sriram at Google (Alphabet) campus, in Silicon Valley, California on Sunday. (Source: PIB)[/caption] PM Narendra Modi met Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other Google executives at Google (Alphabet) campus, in Silicon Valley, California on Sunday. Modi, who took a tour of the Google campus seeing the latest products and forward-looking researches, was given a presentation of Google Earth in which the ghats of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi were shown.
Google will collaborate with Indian Railways to provide WiFi services at 500 stations by next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday as he visited the headquarters of the search engine giant here.
He appreciated and encouraged Google to develop Apps which could benefit the common man as he participated in Hackathon under which its employees sat for 15 hours straight to devise such Apps for use in India.
Earlier, India-born Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the search engine giant will provide high speed internet services at 100 railway stations in India initially and then expand it by 400 more by next year.
Appreciating Google employees for Hackathon, Modi hoped that such a culture develops in India also. Noting that technology has given new power to democracy, he urged Google employees to look for solutions to problems like poverty.
43-year-old alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur, Pichai said the WiFi services will be provided to support Modi’s ‘Digital India’ campaign. He also announced that Google will launch an Android next month enabling users to type in 11 Indian languages, including Modi’s mother tongue Gujarati.
During his tour of Google campus, Modi asked that Khagaul in Bihar to be shown on Google Earth when he was given a glimpse of the unique tool. Khagaul near Patna is where the great ancient astronomer Aryabhatta had an observatory.